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Former educator targets public elementary school teachers for mental health study

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(Press Release) — In what he says is an attempt “to contribute to the body of academic knowledge regarding the mental and socio-emotional health needs for teachers,” Jim Rayphand, former San Vicente School teacher and acting principal, hopes he can get a 100% response rate from Saipan’s public elementary school teachers on a specially developed on-line survey which he intends to roll out no later than October 30, 2020 or this Friday.

In accordance with prescribed standards from the Public School System, Rayphand said he sought and received permission from the commissioner of education and received approval from the University of Guam’s Committee on Human Subjects Research Institutional Review Board to conduct the study. 

He added that, “Commissioner Alfred Ada expressed his support for the study and referred me directly to Saipan’s public elementary school principals most of who have also responded in support of this proposed study.”

Rayphand said “while most of us are quick and assertive in drawing attention to the importance of good mental and socio-emotional health for students, we often forget about the mental and socio-emotional health needs of teachers.”

According to Rayphand, “In the first ever surgeon general’s report on the topic of mental health we are reminded that the mind and body are inseparable.”

 He suggests, among other things that “this study could serve as a reminder too that the needs of our teachers and students are also inseparable as it examines current practices, available resources in support of teacher wellness and the extent to which our school system plays a role to that end.”

At present the study is limited to Saipan’s public elementary school teachers consisting of approximately 160 in total, but he hopes (depending on the outcome of this initial run) that similar studies can be conducted for other teachers throughout the CNMI as whole to include both public and private schools.

Entitled “Teachers At-Risk: A Case for Good Mental Health as an Essential Factor in Teacher Effectiveness,” the study’s basic objective is to answer the following questions regarding teacher wellness with emphasis on mental and socio-emotional for teachers in the primary grade levels:

1) How familiar are PSS teachers with issues surrounding mental and/or socio-emotional health?

2) How do PSS teachers view their mental and socio-emotional wellness needs?

3) What factors directly or indirectly affect teacher wellness in PSS?

4) How might PSS administrators and/or school systems facilitate or contribute to teacher well-being?

The initial survey consists of 21 questions and is expected to take anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Lastly in a message to the principals, Rayphand acknowledges that “these are challenging times and principals and teachers are no doubt inundated with a daunting, unfamiliar list of things to do.”  Still, he hopes that the survey will not pose too much of a burden and more importantly that the results of this study may “serve as a partial guide into what we should know and may want to do in support of mental and socio-emotional health for teachers in our system.”

Rayphand extends a special thanks to Commissioner Ada, the respective school principals, teachers, and notes that this study could not have been possible without the direct guidance of Dr. Troy McVey, University of Guam vice provost.  

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